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Hall of Fame to induct seven-man class, but no Paul Tagliabue

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The league’s all-time leading scorer and one of the all-time best stories in the history of America are going to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.

A seven-man class was chosen to the Hall Saturday, with one at least moderate surprise keeping the class from being larger.

Kicker Morten Andersen, quarterback Kurt Warner, running backs Terrell Davis and LaDainian Tomlinson and defensive end Jason Taylor were the five modern-era candidates to emerge from a nearly nine-hour meeting.

They will be joined by seniors committee candidate Kenny Easley and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones, who entered in the contributor committee. But former commissioner Paul Tagliabue failed to get the required 80 percent of the vote, and was not elected. Tagliabue becomes the first contributor candidate to fail to reach the Hall, and it’s the second time he’s reached an 80 percent yes-no vote and failed to make it (it happened when he was a modern era candidate in 2007).

Since then, only three seniors candidates (Dick Stanfel in 2012, Claude Humphrey in 2009 and Marshall Goldberg in 2008) had failed to get the 80 percent, and two of them (Stanfel and Humphrey) were elected in second chances as seniors.

Tagliabue might not get another chance, after his candidacy was discussed for over an hour early in the process.

It was a breakthrough for Andersen, who is just the second kicker in the Hall along with Jan Stenerud (though Lou Groza and George Blanda also kicked).

For Warner, getting in during his third year as a finalist caps a career which began in the Arena League and NFL Europe and ended with a pair of MVP honors, as he orchestrated one of the greatest offenses ever with the Rams, and then had a productive second act with the Cardinals, getting them to a Super Bowl.

Davis was also rewarded for a career that burned bright for a short time, as injuries derailed a career that saw him carry John Elway to a pair of Super Bowl titles.

Tomlinson and Taylor were in their first year of eligibility.

Wide receiver Terrell Owens, tackle Joe Jacoby, coach Don Coryell, wide receiver Isaac Bruce and guard Alan Faneca were reduced in the first cut from 15 to 10. Jacoby and Coryell made the final 10 last year but took a step back.

This year’s six-through-10 picks who become contenders next year include safeties Brian Dawkins and John Lynch, tackle Tony Boselli, cornerback Ty Law and center Kevin Mawae.

But next year will bring a star-studded cast of first-timers to eligibility, including Randy Moss, Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, among others.

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148 Responses to “Hall of Fame to induct seven-man class, but no Paul Tagliabue”
  1. whybotherifeverythinggetscensored says: Feb 4, 2017 8:10 PM

    Terrell Davis? Sorry, but 7 seasons and 8747 yards should not get you in. Yes, he was great, but for too short a time.

    Ty Law should have this spot.

  2. sdelmonte says: Feb 4, 2017 8:17 PM

    Jerry Jones gets in because…he owns a team that makes a lot of money?

  3. lemmetalkwouldya says: Feb 4, 2017 8:19 PM

    Terrell Davis? Kurt Warner?

    Seriously????

  4. umassdebatingteam says: Feb 4, 2017 8:27 PM

    Davis? He just leapfrogged Bettis and Griese as the most undeserving member of the HOF.

  5. motleytrap says: Feb 4, 2017 8:28 PM

    TO not getting in is hard to swallow. His personality is being held against him.

    I get it, people don’t like him. I don’t like him. But you’re supposed to be able to set your personal biases aside, and focus on football merits, voters apparently are having trouble doing that.

    As a Rams fan, thrilled to see Kurt in. Ringmaster of the Greatest Show on Turf, an offense that had three of the five highest scoring seasons in NFL history at the time. His 41 TD passes in 1999 and 4830 passing yards in 2001 were second only to Marino’s 1984 numbers at that time.

    Two time MVP, SB MVP, one of the greatest stories of all time, and his career numbers are similar to Steve Young. Congrats.

  6. chipper41 says: Feb 4, 2017 8:34 PM

    Congrats to the city of Los Angeles on the Tomlinson and Warner elections. The city must be so proud!

  7. rdensing says: Feb 4, 2017 8:36 PM

    It is too easy to get in the HOF.

    If you figure the average career should be 10 years and they let in 5 a year, that means there are currently 50 future hall of famers in the league right now. Doesn’t that seem like too many?

  8. charger383 says: Feb 4, 2017 8:40 PM

    Terrell Owens fits should be amusing

  9. 1bigtex says: Feb 4, 2017 8:44 PM

    Jerry Jones gets in because he taught a bunch of old stiffs how to run a football business. He took over an organization that was losing a million dollars a month and built it into the most valuable sports franchise in the world. And while he was at it, he made a boatload of money for his fellow owners. You don’t have to like him, but it’s foolish to not respect him.

  10. tbabes says: Feb 4, 2017 8:48 PM

    Glad to see TD get the nod. The broncos road him in the playoffs like a rented mule, and my god did he deliver. 8 games, 204 carries, 1140 yards, 12 touchdowns.

  11. td30 says: Feb 4, 2017 8:52 PM

    TD!!!!

  12. frank booth says: Feb 4, 2017 8:58 PM

    Canton apparently likes Denver RB’s with low career yardage totals: Terrell Davis and Floyd Little.

    You can make a much better case for Davis than Little, however. Floyd Little is one of the worst players to make the HOF.

  13. MannamedJay says: Feb 4, 2017 9:00 PM

    Terrel Davis? No
    Sorry, if the argument can be used that someone gets in only because of longevity (Curtis Martin, Jerome Bettis), the same can be used against them for lack of it. Davis was good, but for a far too short of time. I thought Warner was a no brainer. If you not only look at his stats, but also his awards and records that he holds in the playoffs and Superbowl, he’s far more deserving than someone like Ken Stabler. Probably has better stats and more accomplishments than half of the Qb’s already in there. More telling, just look at what the Cardinals were before he took them to the SB, and what they have done since he retired.

  14. haughville says: Feb 4, 2017 9:03 PM

    Is Jerrah getting in the Hall of Fame or the Hall of Greed?

  15. steelcurtainn says: Feb 4, 2017 9:23 PM

    How the heck did Terrell Davis make it. If he’s in, Leveon Bell better start preparing for his speech now and please never say anything about Bettis making it. Laughable.

  16. tigerlilac says: Feb 4, 2017 9:25 PM

    Why does Jerry Jones deserve induction into the NFL HOF? He’s an owner who did more to harm his team than help it by pretending he was an expert player personnel guy. His ego forced out a great coach that not only won him a super bowl he left players and systems in place that allowed Barry Switzer to win one.

    It is picks like this that make sports hall of fames a joke.

  17. majormeatcurtains says: Feb 4, 2017 9:27 PM

    Oh you poor people. TD was THE player to stop. Every game. TRY to stop him. 2000 yards, 1950 yards… Nobody could stop him. “It’s gonna be a hand off to Davis…. DAVIS for 7 on 3rd and 1!”. Over and over and over. To you idiots that say Denver rode him into the ground…. his lineman was blocked onto his leg. It wasn’t carries, it was bad luck but you go back and ask Atlanta, or GB, how to stop him….. they’d tell you it wasn’t happening. There was football before 2000 boys.

  18. tcclark says: Feb 4, 2017 9:30 PM

    I’m really glad Jason Taylor made it. I hadn’t heard many people say he would get in, but to not only get in, but be a first ballot guy, shows how much people truly respected his impact on the game. This is very well deserving. Now let’s get his brother in law, Zach Thomas, inducted too. Just as good of a linebacker as Ray Lewis and Brian Urlacher, but never got the same amount of attention.

  19. nords14 says: Feb 4, 2017 9:31 PM

    Easly was an incredible player. Well deserved.

  20. panagos91 says: Feb 4, 2017 9:32 PM

    Wow, Terrell Davis. Where’s Bo Jackson then. Davis got in on what could have been. And he didn’t play on some mid 1900s team where 8000 yards was a lot. It was modern era. Eddie George, Jamal Lewis, Roger Craig, Shaun Alexander, Tiki Barber, Ricky Watters, Corey Dillon, Edgerrin James all deserve a HOF more than Davis, and some of these guys don’t deserve one.

  21. aqibhasmorepick6sthantylaw says: Feb 4, 2017 9:32 PM

    frank booth says:

    Canton apparently likes Denver RB’s with low career yardage totals: Terrell Davis and Floyd Little.

    You can make a much better case for Davis than Little, however. Floyd Little is one of the worst players to make the HOF.
    —–
    At the time of his retirement, Little was in the top 10 of all time career rushing.

    TD had more career 1st team All-Pro selections than Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis.

    You can look at base stats, but if you’re going to just base your opinion based on first glance stats, I’d question what you really know about pro football and its history.

  22. The Truth says: Feb 4, 2017 9:33 PM

    It’s not only football hof look at baseball, possibly the three most unworthy players to ever make it.

  23. tonebones says: Feb 4, 2017 9:34 PM

    When Kurt Warner was healthy he was right up there with the best pure passers of all time. Maybe even the best for pinpoint accuracy. Should have won 2 more SBs. Tomlinson is underrated as one of the all time greats. Jerry Jones is a HOFer. He deserves it.

  24. aqibhasmorepick6sthantylaw says: Feb 4, 2017 9:37 PM

    steelcurtainn says:

    How the heck did Terrell Davis make it. If he’s in, Leveon Bell better start preparing for his speech now and please never say anything about Bettis making it. Laughable.
    —-
    There is football outside of Pittsburgh. Look at what TD did in the playoffs.. also in regards Bettis, TD had more All-Pro selections than Bettis… how many league MVP & Super Bowl MVP’s did Jerome have? Nothing against Bettis, as he is deserving…. but… I’d take TD ANY day!

  25. TheTruth says: Feb 4, 2017 9:37 PM

    Terrel Davis? Wow. Ty Law should have got the spot.

  26. buckybadger says: Feb 4, 2017 9:39 PM

    Warner has too many gaps in his career to be considered a HOF QB. He lost his job in St Louis once he lost all his weapons, never really was the guy in New York and had a losing record overall with Arizona. Unless he was loaded with talent he wasn’t any good. HOF QBs can carry teams on their own. Good QB for 4 or 5 years of his career but rather average outside of that.

  27. stoneydog1000 says: Feb 4, 2017 9:43 PM

    Both WRs deserve to be in. Issac Bruce has the numbers and he has a Super Bowl win. He was a non-diva WR, so maybe he didn’t get as much press. But, he was great.

  28. rootpain says: Feb 4, 2017 9:47 PM

    I am not surprised but I am disappointed that Jerry Jones got in this year. Has he contributed to the NFL? Yes, but certainly not in the way I believe that the contributor category was envisioned. And certainly not ahead of many other more deserving contributors. And in light of the reason Tagliabue wasn’t voted in ie his mishandling of the CTE issue, then maybe Jones doesn’t deserve to get in at all.
    What was Jones’ contribution? Financial. That’s it. Nothing he contributed has benefited the fans so significantly that he should have leapfrogged other more deserving NFL football contributors. But his continued belief that CTE is an issue that can be trivialized by delaying any serious immediate action, is just another money grab that only enriches the owners.
    Jones bought this award in my opinion. He used his leaverage as head of the NFL HoF committee to ensure he got nominated in a class that is difficult to lose in (poor Tagliabue) and influence with the voters (witch hunts would follow a negative vote) to ensure he got his 80%.
    Anyway, the guy is in. He got what he paid for. And you can be certain he is partly beholden to Goodell on that count. Time for me to move on on this issue.

  29. Bob says: Feb 4, 2017 9:48 PM

    I’m sorry, but Terrell Davis is not a Hall of Famer. Four good seasons does not make a Hall of Famer.

    Neither is Paul Tagliabue. He let Los Angeles lose the NFL completely and was powerless to keep the Browns from leaving Cleveland. An expansion Browns team returned three years later, and it’s still an expansion franchise nearly 20 years later. No way he should be in the Hall of Fame.

  30. kohila79 says: Feb 4, 2017 9:52 PM

    Seriously everyone is worried about TD…at least the guy did something when he played…how the hell is Jason Taylor in? Seriously!?! Did any of the selectors even watch football? Totally overrated and looked ok because he was compared to the rest of the crap that Miami had…how many sacks in the playoffs did he have?

  31. tdshouldbeinthehall says: Feb 4, 2017 9:53 PM

    I can finally change my name

  32. jr4real says: Feb 4, 2017 9:54 PM

    If you have a job on TV covering football you’re guaranteed a spot in the HOF.

    Faneca deserves it.

    Warner no chance.

  33. bondlake says: Feb 4, 2017 9:59 PM

    Jerry Jones?

    Really?

    Honestly, my perception of the HOF just dropped like a boat anchor.

  34. peyton42 says: Feb 4, 2017 10:00 PM

    Novody could cover Isaac Bruce. Hope he makes it eventually, most underrated player ever.

  35. tnt2003 says: Feb 4, 2017 10:00 PM

    TD in ? Good. You always talk about the eye test. Anyone that saw TD play knows he is a Hall of Fame running back.

    Completely took over games. Especially in the 4th quarter.

    2008 yard season. League MVP. Super Bowl MVP. 2 Super Bowls.

    Congrats TD.

    In your prime, no one on the field was better!

  36. nyneal says: Feb 4, 2017 10:01 PM

    Jerry Jones????? I think I’m going to puke.

  37. northerntanned says: Feb 4, 2017 10:01 PM

    Terrell Davis had 3 great seasons…only 3 people! Sorry he got hurt…and all but he just isn’t a HOF player….this isn’t a hall of good players…this is a hall of great players and 3 seasons that were really good but not transcendent should not get you in. He was not Jim Brown or OJ….does this mean that Chris Johnson is a HOF player? OF course not!…by the way Chris Johnson has 9500 yards to 7600 of TDs…

  38. raidernation37 says: Feb 4, 2017 10:01 PM

    Overrated Tomlinson gets in but not ty law or roger craig? Yeah ok

  39. joelvis72 says: Feb 4, 2017 10:01 PM

    Congratulations to the Great Dane, one of my favorite Saints.

  40. whispersd says: Feb 4, 2017 10:02 PM

    I’m surprised TO didn’t even make the Final 10. Sounds like some writers are bending the criteria a wee bit there. Induction is supposed to only be based on on-field performance.

  41. swhy19 says: Feb 4, 2017 10:02 PM

    Slowly becoming the Hall of Very Good…

  42. autumnwind999 says: Feb 4, 2017 10:02 PM

    T.O. is arguably more deserving than any of these inductees save maybe Tomlinson. It’s not a Ms. Congeniality contest.
    Also, Tagliabue should get in. Just compare the job he did vs. Goodell.

  43. maust1013 says: Feb 4, 2017 10:02 PM

    Glad to see Easley finally get in but it is just flat out wrong that Jacoby and Coryell were dissed again. There is something profoundly wrong with a process that has Tony Dungy in the HoF and Flores and Coryell on teh outside looking in

  44. sdcharger123 says: Feb 4, 2017 10:05 PM

    A kicker over Don Coryell…

  45. kenwalterholds says: Feb 4, 2017 10:06 PM

    We get Morten Anderson but no Joe Jacoby. We get Jerry Jones but no Joe Jacoby, the anchor of arguably the best, most storied, and famous offensive line in football, The Hogs.

    Field goals and loud mouths but no Hog.

    Football is seriously broken.

  46. jojopuppyfish says: Feb 4, 2017 10:07 PM

    If you put Terrell Davis in, You should put Billy Sims in the HOF

  47. randytheraiderloveboy says: Feb 4, 2017 10:07 PM

    LOve it, love it love it. Now the fan girl army claim to be voters for the HOF. You kids are so cute. You just know everything!! LOL!

  48. kenwalterholds says: Feb 4, 2017 10:08 PM

    And it definitely pays to be on the NFL Network payroll, doesn’t it? Jeez, when is Kay Adams going to be inducted? How about Erin Coscarelli while we’re at it?

  49. dumbassgreg says: Feb 4, 2017 10:14 PM

    If we are honest media picks guys they liked dealing with as much as on field play. I think taylor , davis and warner all belong but owens was better then all three. like baseball hall of fame chance for writers to pay players back. happy Anderson finally in. but seriously no coryell again.

  50. darkflynt says: Feb 4, 2017 10:19 PM

    TD? He was great and then he was on the sidelines. There and gone. He didnt even play 60 games. First Bettis now this? Hall of Fame should mean something. This is a joke. Got great runs because the defense was scared Elway would throw. Elway retired, TD disappeared.

  51. edahlb says: Feb 4, 2017 10:19 PM

    This is just ridiculous, way too many players get in, it’s really a hall of good players. Only unanimous first ballots like Barry Sanders are deserving.

  52. tadams198611 says: Feb 4, 2017 10:23 PM

    The media shouldn’t be allowed to vote. Let the current Hall of Famers vote

  53. tommikula says: Feb 4, 2017 10:31 PM

    The Super Bowl wins and MVP got TD in. Kurt Warner took two garbage fire organizations to the Super Bowl and won it with the Rams he deserves it.

  54. notwhoyouthinkitis says: Feb 4, 2017 10:32 PM

    Warner getting in makes Ben Roethlisberger a HOF lock when it is his time.

  55. stratomaticfan says: Feb 4, 2017 10:32 PM

    Terrell Davis was great…for 4 full seasons. That does not equate to a Hall of Famer. That’s a crime.

  56. majormeatcurtains says: Feb 4, 2017 10:32 PM

    majormeatcurtains says:
    Feb 4, 2017 9:27 PM
    Oh you poor people. TD was THE player to stop. Every game. TRY to stop him. 2000 yards, 1950 yards… Nobody could stop him. “It’s gonna be a hand off to Davis…. DAVIS for 7 on 3rd and 1!”. Over and over and over. To you idiots that say Denver rode him into the ground…. his lineman was blocked onto his leg. It wasn’t carries, it was bad luck but you go back and ask Atlanta, or GB, how to stop him….. they’d tell you it wasn’t happening. There was football before 2000 boys.

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    Screen shot of 25 children that don’t follow football, only the teams dad rooted for.

  57. swineflooo says: Feb 4, 2017 10:34 PM

    Lol terrel davis?gtfoh no way he deserved to be in, not sure warner deserved it either lol. First Bettis now this.

    The hall of average

  58. bittersportspills says: Feb 4, 2017 10:35 PM

    1bigtex says:
    Feb 4, 2017 8:44 PM
    Jerry Jones gets in because he taught a bunch of old stiffs how to run a football business. He took over an organization that was losing a million dollars a month and built it into the most valuable sports franchise in the world. And while he was at it, he made a boatload of money for his fellow owners. You don’t have to like him, but it’s foolish to not respect him.
    =======
    I don’t like him or respect him. This dude is still denying playing football can lead to debilitating brain injuries.
    It’s disturbing some of his Hall of Fame counterparts suffered these brain injuries and he’s one of those who fought against helping them later in life.
    Let us not mention the signing of Greg Hardy and ignoring the situation until the Cowboys got pounded in the media. Oh yes, Josh Brent.
    But he made the league a lot of money.

  59. ibillwt says: Feb 4, 2017 10:35 PM

    Terrell Davis over Ty Law?? Wow, the fix was in with someone from Denver. Law will probably get in later but Davis isn’t even close.

    Glad to see Warner make it. He played well enough to have 3 rings. Needs to quit making excuses for losing to Pats though.

  60. realfootballfan says: Feb 4, 2017 10:36 PM

    Tomlinson and Davis before T.O. and Bruce? Okay, I knew there was a reason I’ve always ignored this.

  61. razzlejag says: Feb 4, 2017 10:37 PM

    Name the player who took millions of dollars under the table so that the Denver Broncos could get around the salary cap. Yes, it was HOFer Terrell Davis. Look it up… Elway did it too. And now the NFL puts him in the HOF? He should have been banned like Pete Rose was in MLB.

    Davis’ career is nowhere near HOF worthy either. A ridiculous choice IMO.

  62. murphyslaw40 says: Feb 4, 2017 10:43 PM

    Terrell Davis is 3rd on the all-time career rushing yards per game list, with 97.5 per game.

    So why shouldn’t he be in the Hall of Fame?

    In 1999, Davis had only 67 attempts. Olandis Gary took 276 attempts, and got 1,159 yards. He had 96.6 yards per game.

    In 2000, Davis had only 78 attempts. Mike Anderson took 297 attempts, and got 1,487 yards. He had 92.9 yards per game.

    In 2002, Davis was gone. Clinton Portis took 273 attempts, and got 1,508 yards. He had 94.3 yards per game. In 2003, Portis had 290 carries, 1,591 yards, 122.4 yards per game. Reuben Droughns ran for 1,240 in 2004.

    Whether it was the system, the personnel, or the defenses getting wore out in the Denver air… Rich Eisen could have got a thousand in those years.

  63. darcrequiem says: Feb 4, 2017 10:45 PM

    Don Coryell not being in is an utter joke.

  64. genericcommenter says: Feb 4, 2017 10:47 PM

    MannamedJay says:
    Feb 4, 2017 9:00 PM
    Terrel Davis? No
    Sorry, if the argument can be used that someone gets in only because of longevity (Curtis Martin, Jerome Bettis), the same can be used against them for lack of it.
    ———————————————————

    Uh, No. What you mean is: if someone can get in because of longevity, then it also makes sense that someone can get in for elite peak performance for a shorter period of time. The debate is how short- 4 years? 5? 6?

    Halls of Fame generally reward both, but to get in with a shorter career you need to be truly great, and for longevity you need to be very good very a long time with some greatness and usually some rings.

    T.D. is like Sandy Koufax – didn’t play long enough to finish with the all-time career compiling stats, but performed out of this world for a significant period of time and had the rate stats. In TD’s case, as the article noted, he even CARRIED a couple SB teams.

  65. genericcommenter says: Feb 4, 2017 10:49 PM

    There’s no way John Lynch should be on a higher tier than T.O., Jacoby, and Coryell.

  66. hawkstradamus says: Feb 4, 2017 10:49 PM

    Kenny Easly, hands down the best to ever play saftey

  67. maestro1899 says: Feb 4, 2017 10:51 PM

    umassdebatingteam says:
    Feb 4, 2017 8:27 PM
    Davis? He just leapfrogged Bettis and Griese as the most undeserving member of the HOF.

    – – – –

    Bettis? Please.

    TD was arguably the best all-around back for a 3-year period. Bettis was pretty good for a handful of years, but only after he got traded to a good team.

    Elway has two rings because of TD.

  68. genericcommenter says: Feb 4, 2017 10:52 PM

    swineflooo says:
    Feb 4, 2017 10:34 PM
    Lol terrel davis?gtfoh no way he deserved to be in, not sure warner deserved it either lol. First Bettis now this.

    The hall of average
    ————————

    Davis was never average. I don’t think you know what that means. He was way above average and had a shorter career. That’s the only argument.

  69. 1bigtex says: Feb 4, 2017 10:53 PM

    tigerlilac says:
    Feb 4, 2017 9:25 PM
    Why does Jerry Jones deserve induction into the NFL HOF? He’s an owner who did more to harm his team than help it by pretending he was an expert player personnel guy. His ego forced out a great coach that not only won him a super bowl he left players and systems in place that allowed Barry Switzer to win one.
    ________________________________
    You might want to check Jimmy Johnson’s overall coaching record. He never stayed anywhere long. Jimmy was looking for a reason to get back to Miami. That’s where he wanted to live. That’s where he still lives.

  70. gencoimports says: Feb 4, 2017 10:58 PM

    It looks like Lynch and Dawkins may have cancelled each other out. One safety in the final 10 might have got enough votes for induction.

  71. 13xworldchamps says: Feb 4, 2017 10:58 PM

    Kenny Easley over Jerry Kramer? Again Kramer is the only player on the 50 year anniversary team not in the Hall of Fame, he was an all pro player that doubled as a kicker. He was on 5 championship teams, the anchor of Lombardi’s signature play…..What a joke.

  72. justtherealfacts says: Feb 4, 2017 11:14 PM

    HOf players? Not really except for Anderson who dominated the league for well over a decade.

    Very good players, but none of them were dominant for a decade like Anderson. Davis did not do it long enough, Warner was a backup mid career and needed that 2nd sb win to erase that fact. Taylor and Tomlinson, very good players who never got their teams to a SB.

    The one dominant player besides the kicker was Owens who was a top 2 or 3 player at his position for a decade and took over game after game when needed and he didn’t make it lol.

  73. danielwonderful2015 says: Feb 4, 2017 11:15 PM

    Congratulations to the NFL’s leading scorer Morten Andersen induction into the Hall of Fame. From the oldest rivalry in the South; Atlanta and New Orleans. Rise up Atlanta and congrats New Orleans!

  74. mroshay says: Feb 4, 2017 11:17 PM

    Terrell Davis should not be in before Lester Hayes, Cliff Branch,Tom Flores or Roger Craig. What a joke

  75. W says: Feb 4, 2017 11:17 PM

    Brian Dawkins is not HOF material? Then what is?

    Jeez.

  76. twinfan24 says: Feb 4, 2017 11:18 PM

    raidernation37 says:
    Feb 4, 2017 10:01 PM
    Overrated Tomlinson gets in but not ty law or roger craig? Yeah ok

    ===========
    You are going to pick Tomlinson to call overrated? Seriously? You just lost all credibility from here on out.

  77. mroshay says: Feb 4, 2017 11:21 PM

    It you let Kurt Warned in because of his story and a ring, then you have to put Plunkett in. Deaf parents, picked up off the NFL scrap heap, two rings and a Super Bowl MVP. Hell, they let Namath in for one game

  78. reddzen says: Feb 4, 2017 11:22 PM

    rdensing says:
    Feb 4, 2017 8:36 PM
    It is too easy to get in the HOF.

    If you figure the average career should be 10 years and they let in 5 a year, that means there are currently 50 future hall of famers in the league right now. Doesn’t that seem like too many?

    Yes if that were the criteria for getting in. Which it is not. And never has been.

  79. supra23 says: Feb 4, 2017 11:23 PM

    I’d rather have TD’s 4 years than Curtis Martin’s career.

  80. remembertheagenda says: Feb 4, 2017 11:24 PM

    No Edgerrin James…

    He only rushed for 1500 yards in four different seasons and only played with one decent run blocking line his WHOLE career..

    But Terrell Davis gets in?? Two good seasons is greater than four?

  81. camdenyard says: Feb 4, 2017 11:27 PM

    Kenny Easly, hands down the best to ever play saftey

    ====================================

    Maybe he was one of the best strong safeties (Polamalu fans would argue), but Ed Reed was better overall at free safety,

  82. mroshay says: Feb 4, 2017 11:38 PM

    It you let Kurt Warner in because of his story and a ring, then you have to put Plunkett in. Deaf parents, picked up off the NFL scrap heap, two rings and a Super Bowl MVP. Hell, they let Namath in for one game

  83. firerogergoodellnow says: Feb 4, 2017 11:44 PM

    When/if Ray Lewis gets inducted into the HOF, instead of the gold jacket, will he get a white suit?

  84. haanster says: Feb 4, 2017 11:54 PM

    As a Dane it makes me proud that Andersen made the cut. Good for you big guy.

  85. frank booth says: Feb 4, 2017 11:55 PM

    aqibhasmorepick6sthantylaw says:
    Feb 4, 2017 9:32 PM
    frank booth says:
    Canton apparently likes Denver RB’s with low career yardage totals: Terrell Davis and Floyd Little.
    You can make a much better case for Davis than Little, however. Floyd Little is one of the worst players to make the HOF.
    —–
    At the time of his retirement, Little was in the top 10 of all time career rushing.
    TD had more career 1st team All-Pro selections than Curtis Martin and Jerome Bettis.
    You can look at base stats, but if you’re going to just base your opinion based on first glance stats, I’d question what you really know about pro football and its history.
    ==================================
    Like I said, you can make a much better case for Davis (especially with his playoff numbers) than Floyd Little.

    Little wasn’t special- he had a 3.85 YPC average-good for 211th- go check out some of the names of his contemporaries who had a better YPC average. Some very obscure names there.

    He was 16th in rushing TD’s compared to players whose careers began in 1969 or earlier- Pete Banaszak, Abner Haynes, Tom Matte, Ken Willard, Jim Nance; all non-HOF, all with more TD’s.

    Playoffs? Nope, no stats there. No awards outside of making the All-Pro team once. I’d question what you know about pro football and it’s history. Led the league in rushing once, had a single 1000 yard season. Average to below average kick returner for his era.

    Floyd Little compiled yards because he got the ball a lot, and had 4 or 5 good seasons. He should be in the Hall of the Very Good.

  86. vikinganswer says: Feb 4, 2017 11:58 PM

    4 good years gets you in? I guess anyone deserves if Namath is in. No Kramer no Jim Marshall no Joe Jacoby. Wrong wrong wrong

  87. nodindenver says: Feb 5, 2017 12:12 AM

    A big congrats to TD. There are times in the late 90s I would feel sorry for opposing teams. The Broncos lost to the Jags in the playoffs heartbreaking style and redeemed themselves the following year by running for almost 350 yds on the way to their first Super Bowl victory. There were times when TD looked like he was shot out of a cannon and if Elway had not retired that team may have won a third in a row. Who cares about longevity when you pop off nearly 2,000 yds two years in a row? I doubt it happens again and Chris Johnson did not sniff it. TD was a 6th round pick out of Georgia who first shined making a tackle on special teams. He is wearing a gold jacket tonight for that effort!

  88. collectordude says: Feb 5, 2017 12:19 AM

    Already becoming the Hall of the Very Good.

    Not one of those elected today, do I think is worthy.

  89. rickypoo1969 says: Feb 5, 2017 12:26 AM

    Full disclosure I’m an Eagles fan. Warner no brainer. LT2 no brainer. Anderson (and yes he’s a liquored up kicker) absolutely a no brainer. Davis can be argued. But he was ‘the best’ at his position for a short time. His career was cut short by injury. And he did lead his team to a SB win. Again his case could be argued either way. But Jason Taylor? Ummm no. Real good but not a HOF’er? No! Jacoby is much more deserving. I’m disappointed that Dawkins didn’t make it but IMO Reed and Polamalu were just ‘better’ in their era. This is no slight against Dawkins. Absolutely an all time Eagle great. I LOVED watching him play. One of my all time favorite Eagles for sure. And I know my fellow Eagles fans will bash me for such blasphemy. But he’s should not go in before Reed or Polamalu. Again I love Dawk. Better than Lynch for sure. T.O. Although great isn’t deserving to go in on the first ballot. Complete douche bag and a locker room cancer. Jerry Jones? What the heck has he done? Pretty much nothing other than build a zillion dollar stadium and has been a mediocre since winning a SB with a team that Switzer ‘led’. Anybody could have coached and won a SB with that team! Jimmy Johnson built the great Cowboys SB Teams. BTW I hate Jimmy too but have to give credit where credit is due. F Dallas! Faneca is much more deserving than Jerry F’ing Jones. So my list is Warner, Anderson, LT2, Jacoby and Faneca. Sadly Dawkins will have to wait for awhile if not forever.

  90. vikingdoode says: Feb 5, 2017 12:37 AM

    no Jerry Kramer……no Jim Marshall?

    Terrell Davis… nope
    Kurt Warner….Maybe nice story though
    Jerry Jones… straight cash homie

    Sorry Don Coryell… its the freaking offense everyone uses today…

  91. mammothfan says: Feb 5, 2017 12:53 AM

    Terrell Davis deserves this honor. He rushed for 2000 yards one of a handful of backs to ever do it. He was league MVP, Super Bowl MVP and holds just about every playoff rushing record, and some Super Bowl records. Also the year he rushed for 2008 yards he did it despite sitting out 8 quarters of football due to the leads the team had. So 2008 yards in 14 games. He accomplished more than enough in his short time to be in the hall. All you haters would have a different tune if he played for your team.

  92. havok82 says: Feb 5, 2017 1:07 AM

    Terrell Davis was a cheater. He took money under the table from the Broncos to play. That’s BS. Jason Taylor was good, but a HOFer? TO may be a dick, but he has the stats and was consistently good. Joe Jacoby not in still? Ty Law deserves a spot, too. Tomlinson and Warner deserve it.

    HOF voting is so stupid, but it isn’t as bad as the baseball writers yet.

  93. gysot says: Feb 5, 2017 1:36 AM

    murphyslaw40 says:
    Feb 4, 2017 10:43 PM
    Terrell Davis is 3rd on the all-time career rushing yards per game list, with 97.5 per game.

    So why shouldn’t he be in the Hall of Fame?

    In 1999, Davis had only 67 attempts. Olandis Gary took 276 attempts, and got 1,159 yards. He had 96.6 yards per game.

    In 2000, Davis had only 78 attempts. Mike Anderson took 297 attempts, and got 1,487 yards. He had 92.9 yards per game.

    In 2002, Davis was gone. Clinton Portis took 273 attempts, and got 1,508 yards. He had 94.3 yards per game. In 2003, Portis had 290 carries, 1,591 yards, 122.4 yards per game. Reuben Droughns ran for 1,240 in 2004.

    Whether it was the system, the personnel, or the defenses getting wore out in the Denver air… Rich Eisen could have got a thousand in those years.

    ““““““““““`
    Granted virtually all patriot fans do not realize that the NFL existed before 2001, but yeah TD is a lock Hall Of Fame player.

    #TDNEVERCHEATED

  94. tnielsen1985 says: Feb 5, 2017 2:17 AM

    The purpose of playing football is getting points on the board.

    Morten Andersen is the all time leading point scorer.

    Andersen in the HOF is a no brainer.

    Congratulations. 🙂

  95. zillabeast says: Feb 5, 2017 2:22 AM

    Terrell Davis huh? You want a comparable player? Look no further than Priest Holmes, who was a superior back in my opinion. Similar numbers, has a Super Bowl ring, and had to be game planned against constantly during his run in Kansas City. And he’ll probably never get in.

  96. nje22 says: Feb 5, 2017 2:23 AM

    Don Coryell beats every one of them

  97. twoteamsforlosangeles says: Feb 5, 2017 2:35 AM

    Thankfully, the right Terrell made it in. Congratulations to all seven, but Tomlinson is the headliner here.

  98. jbelkin says: Feb 5, 2017 3:23 AM

    I was not around to watch Kurt Warner actually play but if you were twice called the best player – that’s not easy to do in the NFL – unlike MLB who gives out one in each league … in the NFL, and it seems being an all-pro is actually a big achievement as only a few get named in each conf …

    Of course, beig personable and on tv certainly helps.

    AND as others have cited, can you write the history of the NFL with that persons name … so it seems Coryell should be in …

  99. Angry Orange Man says: Feb 5, 2017 3:38 AM

    Jason Taylor first ballot but Michael Strahan had to wait a year? What a joke.

    Then TD? I loved TD, but his career was too short. Another joke.

    No TO? Joke #3.

  100. dumbassgreg says: Feb 5, 2017 5:40 AM

    old timers next year
    two of these three
    ken Anderson
    chuck howley or
    jerry Kramer

    builders coryell or
    George young

  101. dumbassgreg says: Feb 5, 2017 5:47 AM

    next year

    ray lewis
    randy moss
    Terrell owens
    brian dawkins
    ty law .
    imagine the speeches lol

  102. smokingmirrors says: Feb 5, 2017 6:36 AM

    I like coming to the comments section and sometimes even enjoy the comments but some of you should not be allowed to comment because you are so unbelievably stupid. For a short time Terrell was the greatest player in the game. How can so many of you be so bitter and judgmental? Terrell was amazing!!! Just amazing!!! I’m not going to address all the DA statements but Terrell lit up the place. I am no fan of Denver but Davis was UNIQUE. He was unstoppable. Try to develop awareness. The Hall is about recognizing greatness. If Terrell had not got hurt he would have been in the top five all time. Sometimes you people really disappoint me. You make me ashamed to be a football fan.

    The same thing happens when you disrespect Tom Brady. You all drink the Kooloaid. You don’t bother to investigate the facts that Israel did 9/11. Some of you actually think some Stone Age Arabs did it. Unbelievable!

    I’ll probably catch heat for saying this and that will prove something too. The media is the information arm of the international bankers and you keep stumbling over that arcane equation of 2+2= 4.

    Mr Apocalypse is coming. He’s going to rock your world shortly. Better buckle up!

  103. eddiea25 says: Feb 5, 2017 6:48 AM

    Kurt Warner ? No way. Good, but not a Hall of Famer.He had the benefit of a catchy nickname for a Rams team. Also, no Jerry Kramer? A travesty.

  104. Susan Imbriale says: Feb 5, 2017 7:14 AM

    Terrel Davis. Really
    Kurt Warner. Really

    And no. Jerry Kramer
    HOF is a joke

  105. GhostPepper says: Feb 5, 2017 7:54 AM

    Joe Jacoby, Paul Taglibue, and T.O. Should have all made it.

    Jason Taylor and the kicker can wait.

  106. razzlejag says: Feb 5, 2017 7:55 AM

    Elway and Davis have Super Bowl rings because Denver paid them 30 million dollars under the table and built a great team while the other 31 teams stayed under the salary cap. Look it up.

    Davis should be banned, not honored. Elway, Mike Shanahan and owner Pat Bowlen too.

  107. DitkasHair says: Feb 5, 2017 8:25 AM

    Ok, this must be a joke of a Hall, maybe it’s a SHAME, Ole Jer shouldn’t be anywhere near this building if Tagliabue isn’t in it first.

    …What was that song, Money, Money, Money!!!

  108. therealtrenches says: Feb 5, 2017 8:30 AM

    Dawkins: the only player with 25 INT, 25 sacks, and 25 forced fumbles in NFL history.

    Owens: Top 5 all time in yards and TD’s, Top 10 all time in receptions.

    Neither gets in.

    SMH.

  109. runtheball says: Feb 5, 2017 8:36 AM

    Faneca was better than all of these guys. I think we are seeing the fantasy football effect. Warner is a great guy and had some great moments, but is not a Hall of Famer. This opens the door to a host of very good QBs. Boomer Esiason, Steve McNair, Kerry Collins, Drew Bledsoe,

  110. atthemurph says: Feb 5, 2017 8:37 AM

    Terrell Davis? He played 4 seasons! What a career….

    If he made it then Ahman Green, Corey Dillon, Ricky Waters, Jamal Lewis, Clinton Portis, Fred Taylor, and Eddie George, and a dozen others should have already been in.

    If TD is really deserving then Sterling Sharpe is a lock because his 7 season career actually had 7 very good to great seasons.

  111. sufferingbirdsfan says: Feb 5, 2017 8:37 AM

    If Davis is in, then ANY argument against Roger Craig and Bo Jackson is out the window. The bar has been seriously lowered for RBs in the HOF.

  112. dexterismyhero says: Feb 5, 2017 8:57 AM

    I think Edgerrin should get in at some point. Over 12K yards. 4 times over 1500 yards. 80 rushing TD’s.

  113. ProFootballRealignment says: Feb 5, 2017 9:07 AM

    So TD is a “system” player?

    Terrell Davis: 2 rings, 1 MVP, 1 Super Bowl MVP.

    Loan dis Gary, Mike Anderson, Clinton Portis, and Ruben Droughns combined: Zero rings, Zero MVPs, Zero Super Bowl appearances.

    Comparison over.

  114. booboo31 says: Feb 5, 2017 9:15 AM

    This is gotta be one of if not the weakest class I’ve ever seen. How jones got in and thomilson before Owens is obsurd.

  115. JSpicoli says: Feb 5, 2017 9:21 AM

    No TD would mean no Super Bowl victories in DEN. Shanny and Elway were still chasing a big win until he came into town.

  116. mkat33 says: Feb 5, 2017 9:27 AM

    The following is a list of all players in NFL history with at least 35 interceptions, 35 forced fumbles and 25 sacks:

    1. Brian Dawkins

  117. kemp13 says: Feb 5, 2017 9:55 AM

    That Jason Taylor gets in while Joe Jacoby sits slides the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection process below the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame selection process in terms of integrity. It’s now more important to have a pretty face and appear on Dancing with the Stars than it is to lead one of the most celebrated offensive lines to three Rings. Somebody needs to ask Lawrence Taylor if Jake belongs in the Hall.

  118. imodan says: Feb 5, 2017 10:17 AM

    JSpicoli says:
    Feb 5, 2017 9:21 AM

    No TD would mean no Super Bowl victories in DEN. Shanny and Elway were still chasing a big win until he came into town.
    —————————————————–
    They wouldn’t have had Elway if they hadn’t, you know, paid him under the table. TD has to thank Gale Sayers for his being elected on such a short career. I’m old enough to remember Sayers and TD is NO Gale Sayers!!

  119. clayjtitan66 says: Feb 5, 2017 10:29 AM

    Good, Tags was a bad commish, not as horrible as Goodell, but still not good.
    Neither should be in the HOF.
    The way the NFL treats its commissioners, reminds me if how America treats its presidents.
    They tend to forget all the bad stuff.

  120. darkflynt says: Feb 5, 2017 10:36 AM

    TD did NOT have a great NFL career. He had a STINT in the NFL. He was great but he had no longevity. He may be 3rd over all per game but because he had so FEW games. All other backs you are holding him against played more years where age showed, defenses changed to match their play and they were there long enough for their own offensive to change up. No disrespect but there is not enough there to judge. Chris 2000 had a few good years too.

  121. Ashley says: Feb 5, 2017 10:45 AM

    Yay! Happy that Morten Andersen finally got in.

  122. eojtrid says: Feb 5, 2017 11:10 AM

    Good!!!! Tell Taglibue to take his money go build his own Hall of Fame and INDUCT HIMSELF.

  123. igocommando says: Feb 5, 2017 11:18 AM

    Don “Air” Coryell takes a step back and Jerry Jones gets in? One helped redefine how the game is played and the other defines ineptitude. Go figure.

  124. maverick2560 says: Feb 5, 2017 11:32 AM

    It’s a shame Tagliabue did not get in. He was a fair man who did a fine
    job replacing Rozelle. His position on concussions has clearly changed
    as many, including the medical experts, have become more knowledgeable.
    He was fair to labor. His 2006 CBA was much more fair to players
    and was overturned by the owners after his departure. He oversaw a new brand of ownership led by Jerry Jones that challenged the old guard, yet was able to keep a concensus that led to bigger TV deals,
    expansion and continued revenue expansion.
    He was a good and fair leader who never sought the media attention.
    He should be in the Hall of Fame.

  125. a1b24312 says: Feb 5, 2017 11:37 AM

    criminal that coryell is not in

  126. araidersfan says: Feb 5, 2017 11:37 AM

    Jerry Jones’only real claim to fame is the disgraceful way he treated Tom Landry (a true legend and HOFer) when he purchased the Dallas Cowboys.

  127. dexterismyhero says: Feb 5, 2017 11:53 AM

    @araidersfan says:
    Feb 5, 2017 11:37 AM
    Jerry Jones’only real claim to fame is the disgraceful way he treated Tom Landry (a true legend and HOFer) when he purchased the Dallas Cowboys.
    ———————————————————
    Amen to that. And for that he shouldn’t have been elected!!!

  128. a1b24312 says: Feb 5, 2017 12:08 PM

    tags is being punished for giving us goodell lol

  129. txnative65 says: Feb 5, 2017 12:17 PM

    Many of those opposed to Terrell Davis are pontificating based on statistics and their interpretation of some abstract standard of “fame”. I’m old enough to have watched and wondered if the great John Elway would ever win a Super Bowl, and also watched Terrell Davis carry Denver to two championships. The sustained excellence vs momentary brilliance argument is very old, and I would say there’s room for both in the Hall of “Fame”.

  130. spurs0924 says: Feb 5, 2017 12:39 PM

    Statistics for two running backs now in the HOF:

    Player 1 –
    CAR 1,655 YDS 7,607 AVG 4.6 TDS 60

    Player 2 –
    CAR 991 YDS 4,956 AVG 5.0 TDS 39

    Player 1 is Terrell Davis and player 2 is Gale Sayers

    Both players played 7 years with careers cut short by injury.
    Both were the best at their position for multiple years and both belong in the Hall.

  131. august589 says: Feb 5, 2017 12:41 PM

    No TD would mean no Super Bowl victories in DEN. Shanny and Elway were still chasing a big win until he came into town.
    —————————————————–
    They wouldn’t have had Elway if they hadn’t, you know, paid him under the table. TD has to thank Gale Sayers for his being elected on such a short career. I’m old enough to remember Sayers and TD is NO Gale Sayers!!

    ——————————————————————-
    No one is or was a Gale Sayers, this is true. On the other hand, what did Sayers really do for the Bears? Did he elevate the Bears–who also had HOFer Dick Butkus at the time–to the playoffs? No. Did Sayers help the Bears to any winning seasons? Only two–1965 & 1967. Was Sayers ever the NFL MVP? No. Was Sayers ever a Super Bowl MVP? No. Terrell Davis did more the Broncos than Sayers did for the Bears. Without Davis, the Broncos don’t get to either of the Super Bowls that they win. Yes, Davis benefits from Sayers being in the Hall of Fame but there are others in the HOF who have had similarly short NFL careers. It’s not the “Hall of Longevity” or the “Hall of Statistics”–it’s the HALL OF FAME and Terrell Davis deserves to be there because the Broncos haven’t been the same since Davis and Elway left the Broncos. Davis’ impact on the Broncos is what qualifies him for the Hall of Fame.

  132. murphyslaw40 says: Feb 5, 2017 12:45 PM

    ProFootballRealignment says:
    Feb 5, 2017 9:07 AM
    So TD is a “system” player?

    Terrell Davis: 2 rings, 1 MVP, 1 Super Bowl MVP.

    Loan dis Gary, Mike Anderson, Clinton Portis, and Ruben Droughns combined: Zero rings, Zero MVPs, Zero Super Bowl appearances.

    Comparison over.

    ***************************************************

    Well, for one, Olandis Gary, Mike Anderson, Clinton Portis, and Reuben Droughns didn’t play with John Elway.

    Without Davis, the Broncos kept running, with 10 out of 11 seasons having a 1000+ rusher, the exception in 2001 when Anderson & Davis combined for 1,379. Even the 12th year, 2007, Travis Henry & Selvin Young combined for 1,420.

    Without Elway, they stopped winning, with one playoff win between Elway’s retirement and Tebowmania over the Steelers. Hard to have those other backs, with similar stats, get major awards without some playoff wins.

    And if Canton was based on rings, then those bums like OJ Simpson, Eric Dickerson, Curtis Martin, and Barry Sanders need to be evicted, and don’t even bother inviting LaDainian Tomlinson this year.

  133. war27 says: Feb 5, 2017 1:04 PM

    If Terrell Davis got in this year Rich Gannon should be a lock for next year.

  134. imodan says: Feb 5, 2017 2:06 PM

    august589 says:
    Feb 5, 2017 12:41 PM

    No TD would mean no Super Bowl victories in DEN. Shanny and Elway were still chasing a big win until he came into town.
    —————————————————–
    They wouldn’t have had Elway if they hadn’t, you know, paid him under the table. TD has to thank Gale Sayers for his being elected on such a short career. I’m old enough to remember Sayers and TD is NO Gale Sayers!!

    ——————————————————————-
    No one is or was a Gale Sayers, this is true. On the other hand, what did Sayers really do for the Bears? Did he elevate the Bears–who also had HOFer Dick Butkus at the time–to the playoffs? No. Did Sayers help the Bears to any winning seasons? Only two–1965 & 1967. Was Sayers ever the NFL MVP? No. Was Sayers ever a Super Bowl MVP? No. Terrell Davis did more the Broncos than Sayers did for the Bears. Without Davis, the Broncos don’t get to either of the Super Bowls that they win. Yes, Davis benefits from Sayers being in the Hall of Fame but there are others in the HOF who have had similarly short NFL careers. It’s not the “Hall of Longevity” or the “Hall of Statistics”–it’s the HALL OF FAME and Terrell Davis deserves to be there because the Broncos haven’t been the same since Davis and Elway left the Broncos. Davis’ impact on the Broncos is what qualifies him for the Hall of Fame.
    ——————————————————
    Was Sayers paid under the table like TD was? No. Was Sayers the beneficiary of a cheating organization with a cheating QB? No. Was Sayers able to have modern surgery on his knees instead having everything removed and running bone on bone? No. Was TD a threat on special teams? No. Did Sayers have the pleasure of playing with a HOF QB in a pass oriented league? No. Do the likes of Rudy Bukich, Jack Concannon and Bobby Douglass strike fear in defensive secondary’s? No. Was Sayers dropped by Campbell’s Soups after being caught in a solicitation for prostitution scandal? No.

  135. imodan says: Feb 5, 2017 2:08 PM

    “Davis deserves to be there because the Broncos haven’t been the same since Davis and Elway left the Broncos. Davis’ impact on the Broncos is what qualifies him for the Hall of Fame.”
    ——————————————————–
    They were the couple years the HGH ingesting fraud was the QB.

  136. skimbell says: Feb 5, 2017 3:56 PM

    Well,there it is then.
    When ever fans are discussing great offensive linemen in regards to the HOF, Jerry Kramer ALWAYS gets shut down when somebody brings up Kevin Mawae.

  137. Ripcord56 says: Feb 6, 2017 8:58 AM

    1bigtex says:
    Feb 4, 2017 8:44 PM
    Jerry Jones gets in because he taught a bunch of old stiffs how to run a football business. He took over an organization that was losing a million dollars a month and built it into the most valuable sports franchise in the world. And while he was at it, he made a boatload of money for his fellow owners. You don’t have to like him, but it’s foolish to not respect him.
    _________________________________________
    I think you must be talking about Robert Kraft Tex. Jerry Jones took over what was already the most valuable franchise in the NFL. I believe they USED to call it America’s Team. Kraft took over the NE Patriots, who at the time were worth nothing because they stunk. He built them into the 2nd most valuable franchise in the NFL, and he built a new stadium with no public money. Oh, and his team has won more since he owned the team than any 30 year stretch in NFL history. 7 superbowl, won 5 (If you count last night 🙂 )

  138. jjackwagon says: Feb 6, 2017 9:30 AM

    Terrell Davis is 3rd on the all-time career rushing yards per game list, with 97.5 per game.

    So why shouldn’t he be in the Hall of Fame?
    ——————————————————————–
    You use one stat to make an HOF decision?

    If not for being on Broncos teams that were cheating the salary cap, he would not even be mention as a great RB.

    Career was to short and he is not even in the top 50 in any other RB statistic. For comparison, look at Tomlinson, Top 5 in almost every RB category.

  139. ravenbiker says: Feb 6, 2017 10:46 AM

    Bob says:
    Feb 4, 2017 9:48 PM

    I’m sorry, but Terrell Davis is not a Hall of Famer. Four good seasons does not make a Hall of Famer.

    Neither is Paul Tagliabue. He let Los Angeles lose the NFL completely and was powerless to keep the Browns from leaving Cleveland. An expansion Browns team returned three years later, and it’s still an expansion franchise nearly 20 years later. No way he should be in the Hall of Fame.
    **********************************************

    And the reason Cleveland lost the Browns to Baltimore was Tagliabue out 2 expansion teams in Jacksonville and Carolina that can’t even sell out their stadiums because he was a great buddy of the previous owner of the Redskins and didn’t want Baltimore to have a team. I will never forget ‘Baltimore would be better served building more museums with it’s money than an NFL stadium…’
    I’ll put it this way. The day Tagliabue gets in before Modell, who brokered the original TV deals for the NFL and is only being blocked by a few, is the last day I will ever believe ANYONE put in in the last 10 years is there for any other reason than politics.

  140. bigbeefyd says: Feb 6, 2017 5:46 PM

    For the TD haters – this is from Mile High Report – a comparison between TD and Gale Sayers:

    A quick statistical comparison of Gale Sayers vs. TD:

    Gale Sayers: played in 68 games total
    4,956 rushing yards
    1,307 receiving yards
    2,781 kick off return yards
    391 punt return yards
    9,435 total all purpose yards ( excluding the 111 career passing yards he managed on 4 completions of 18 attempts)
    39 Touchdowns

    That’s a remarkable amount of production for 68 games, to be sure. But it’s not as much as TD managed in his (16 game longer) career.

    Terrell Davis: played in 86 games total (including the playoffs) which is roughly 26.5% more than Sayers
    7,607 regular season rushing yards (which is more than 53% more than Sayers)
    1,140 post season rushing yards (Sayers never played in the post season)
    8,747 rushing yards total (roughly 76.5% more than Sayers)
    1,280 regular season receiving yards (actually about even with Sayers)
    131 receiving yards in the playoffs
    TD never returned punts or kickoffs yet he still had more overall yards than Sayers who got to play in a dual role.
    60 Regular Season TDs

    The measuring stick seems to change from era to era regarding the Hall of Fame, but when put up against some of the best in the game, Davis’ numbers more than stand on their own.

  141. frank booth says: Feb 6, 2017 6:47 PM

    bigbeefyd says:
    Feb 6, 2017 5:46 PM
    For the TD haters – this is from Mile High Report – a comparison between TD and Gale Sayers:
    A quick statistical comparison of Gale Sayers vs. TD:
    Gale Sayers: played in 68 games total
    4,956 rushing yards
    1,307 receiving yards
    2,781 kick off return yards
    391 punt return yards
    9,435 total all purpose yards ( excluding the 111 career passing yards he managed on 4 completions of 18 attempts)
    39 Touchdowns
    That’s a remarkable amount of production for 68 games, to be sure. But it’s not as much as TD managed in his (16 game longer) career.
    Terrell Davis: played in 86 games total (including the playoffs) which is roughly 26.5% more than Sayers
    7,607 regular season rushing yards (which is more than 53% more than Sayers)
    1,140 post season rushing yards (Sayers never played in the post season)
    8,747 rushing yards total (roughly 76.5% more than Sayers)
    1,280 regular season receiving yards (actually about even with Sayers)
    131 receiving yards in the playoffs
    TD never returned punts or kickoffs yet he still had more overall yards than Sayers who got to play in a dual role.
    60 Regular Season TDs
    The measuring stick seems to change from era to era regarding the Hall of Fame, but when put up against some of the best in the game, Davis’ numbers more than stand on their own.
    ==================================
    Comparing Davis to Sayers is apples and oranges. This is not to knock Davis.

    Sayers was absolutely electrifying and nothing like him had been seen before and never really since.

    He’s still 7th all time in YPC, and 1st all time in yards per kick return, and 2nd in kick returns for touchdowns. He’s one of only 3 players to score 6 TD’s in a game, and the last to ever do it (it was done before in 1929 and 1951). 2 of his records have lasted for over 50 years. The way he moved and cut was simply ridiculous. In his unfortunate short prime, he was a threat to score every time he touched the ball, even when they stacked 11 against him, as the 49ers did in his 6 TD game.

    Sayers played on average to poor teams, with little to no supporting cast at skill positions.

  142. stlouisfan says: Feb 7, 2017 11:38 AM

    Who did more for football Jerry Jones or Don Coryell ? Who had better stats TO or Jerry Jones ? Do fans really care what owners do ? ( Unless they move your team ) What has he done for the game ? Has he made an impact on how football is played ? Help himself make more money ? Help LA get two teams ? What exactly has Jerry F’N Jones done to be in the HOF ? Hasn’t Robert Kraft been to and won more Super Bowls than JJ ? Didn’t Kraft build his own stadium ? That’s an owner that deserves to be ib the HOF , not some big mouth snake oil salesman .

  143. madddogg365 says: Feb 7, 2017 11:50 AM

    Davis is in. If it wasn’t for Davis, Elway (who was 0-5 in Super Bowls) wouldn’t have won the 2 he did.

  144. stlouisfan says: Feb 7, 2017 12:38 PM

    I guess Stan Kroenke will be the next owner inducted into the HOF. He has done so much for football. I mean look at his accomplishment(s) he got a team to LA. And he let Spanos come also.

  145. fmc651 says: Feb 7, 2017 1:14 PM

    TD was not the same as Gale Sayers. That person doesn’t know what he is talking about. And is just looking a career stats.Gale never had a good QB,let alone a great one. Gale played on some bad teams. TD situation was completely different.

  146. frank booth says: Feb 7, 2017 1:26 PM

    fmc651 says:
    Feb 7, 2017 1:14 PM
    TD was not the same as Gale Sayers. That person doesn’t know what he is talking about. And is just looking a career stats.Gale never had a good QB,let alone a great one. Gale played on some bad teams. TD situation was completely different.
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    Uh Yeah, I pretty much said that a couple of posts up, and explained why he was so different.

  147. saintdatazz says: Feb 7, 2017 3:59 PM

    I didnt like his antics but Terrell Owens should be in; his stats say enough.

  148. 81TinaKane says: Feb 8, 2017 4:45 PM

    nodindenver says:
    Feb 5, 2017 12:12 AM

    A big congrats to TD. There are times in the late 90s I would feel sorry for opposing teams. The Broncos lost to the Jags in the playoffs heartbreaking style and redeemed themselves the following year by running for almost 350 yds on the way to their first Super Bowl victory. There were times when TD looked like he was shot out of a cannon and if Elway had not retired that team may have won a third in a row. Who cares about longevity when you pop off nearly 2,000 yds two years in a row? I doubt it happens again and Chris Johnson did not sniff it. TD was a 6th round pick out of Georgia who first shined making a tackle on special teams. He is wearing a gold jacket tonight for that effort!
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    1750 yards and 2000 are not close to the same thing, an 1750 yards is not nearly 2k, 250 yards short bub…..nice try tho

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